Red Hat Gluster Storage vs. VMware vSAN

As of June 2019, Red Hat Gluster Storage is ranked 14th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review vs VMware vSAN which is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 63 reviews. The top reviewer of Red Hat Gluster Storage writes "The price tag is good compared to the amount of data and high availability provided". The top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Red Hat Gluster Storage is most compared with LizardFS, VMware vSAN and IBM Spectrum Scale. VMware vSAN is most compared with Nutanix, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity.
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Pros
The price tag is good compared to the amount of data and high availability provided.

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The newer versions of this solution are much more stable and easier to manage.As a function of our core business, it's a sought after tool that helps us provide analytical support across a wide spectrum of client needs. It's allowed us to test out in our connected restaurant - "TheWorks" - a fully-functional restaurant experience center that allows our clients to discover the value of our connected solutions firsthand. We deploy vSAN in this customer-like environment within a hyperconvergent infrastruction (HCI) to give our clients a better understanding and help optimize data and the end-users' experience.We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios.When we do to do more scaled load testing, we can run more dense workloads and still have the same results across all specific nodesThe most valuable feature is the ability to continue our business needs and have higher visibility. It has definitely increased our business productivity levels.To me, VMware is a leader of the visualizations. I think everyone just follow VMware.I have used VMware for 15 years and I never had any problems with stability.vSAN provides default HA configurations, where if any host goes down, the VM moves around within the host. Even though the disks are local, the VMs moves around with the vSAN disk and vSAN provides a high availability on its own.

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The system should be more intuitive and easier to manage.

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This solution would benefit from better collaboration with Cisco for driver updates.I would like to see the availability of more template based VMware systems. Combined with the ability to check and measure multiple and converging data segments. Another issue I've seen is that the tool seems to be slow when first starting up.When we talk about improvements for vSAN, there is some way to go from a at least stability perspective. Adding all these new features is nice, but we are now at the level that most of the features you need in production are there.Upgradability could be a bit easier sometimes. We are now where vSAN can be updated without ESXi, but there is still enough dependency. So that would be good if that actually would uncoupled even more.I would love for this product to be cheaper and easier to configure.It is an expensive solution.The vSan product uses a software system called Vsphere to monitor the system. It is sometimes difficult to manage the PCs within the systems.There is a room for improvement on the latest version of compatibility with the VMware product, especially for vSAN and with other vendors on their motherboards and driver configurations.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
If you need cheap storage, but still need high availability, it's a good product to look at.

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ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface.I'd love for this product to be cheaper.The only problem I have with VMware is the price. It is a good product, but it is expensive.With vSAN, we didn't find the market that competitive.The vSAN is somewhat expensive to license.The vSAN licensing is not an inexpensive product. It does cost more than hypervisor.We did consider other hyperconverged solutions. It usually came down to price. vSan was the most cost effective thing.What made us go with this solution was price point. When you can utilize existing storage infrastructure, and not have to continually purchase new SAN products out there that are going up in price as time goes by, then it's a wonderful thing.

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Also Known As
Red Hat Gluster, Red Hat Storage ServervSAN
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Overview

Red Hat Gluster Storage (formerly known as Red Hat Storage Server) is a software-defined storage (SDS) platform designed to handle the requirements of traditional file storage—high-capacity tasks like backup and archival as well as high-performance tasks of analytics and virtualization. But unlike traditional storage systems, Red Hat Gluster Storage isn’t rigid and expensive. It easily scales across bare metal, virtual, container, and cloud deployments.

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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Healthcare Company17%
Retailer14%
University9%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Financial Services Firm19%
Manufacturing Company17%
Comms Service Provider13%
Healthcare Company7%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise53%
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Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise55%
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